So many blogs showcase the ins and outs of London….from the spots to grab lunch to the best cocktails in town but not so much for the smaller (more likely to be lived in) Cities across England. So seeing as I'm an avid eater-outer and not to mention my boyfriend Tom being incredibly nifty with a camera, I felt it was time to share some of my favourite places to head out to as well as newbies I come across on the way, maybe you'll end up wanting to visit them too!
A 19th Century building, great coffee and the most insane plate of French Toast you will ever feast your eyes upon? I give you Tamper: Sellers Wheel in none other than my second home of Sheffield.
We ventured down for some Sunday brunch to kickstart the day, and despite expecting to queue we were waiting less than 5 minutes, be warned this place doesn't do bookings so be prepared to wait….a worthwhile wait I might add though.
The grade 2 listed building has been brought to life with a rustic, homely interior that just can't help but feel incredibly welcoming. Every tiny detail has been considered visually in this place to add to the overall appearance such as the vintage tankards for your cutlery, draping greenery and the mini mason jars of sugars on your table.
I get it….some people may find it all a little over the top but personally this place couldn't suit my style more if it tried and this is all before I've even glanced at the menu never mind tasted the food.
Being a milkshake addict I couldn't help but notice the description underneath Affogato on the menu (don't worry, that's a new word to me too) Basically this drink is a shot of Espresso poured over the top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream, you can eat it right away in a desert like manner or stir it all together to create a Coffee Milkshake, the combination is incredible but definitely a little sickly, not so great as a breakfast time drink I guess.
So onto the food….After much deliberation and a toss up between the pancakes and french toast, I settled for the latter but I'm not talking about just any old french toast but a concoction that consisted of caramelised banana's, bacon, coffee infused maple syrup and a strawberry on top for good measure. Tom opted for a full english which looked amazing but definitely had nothing on my french toast, I definitely saw jealousy in his eyes.
I was a little apprehensive of the banana and even expecting myself to pick it off seeing as it is such a strong flavour but the combination of everything together creates this gooey and sweet goodness with a salty twist from the bacon which is then finished with a crunch of the slightly crisp edges of the toast, safe to say it was freaking insane!!
Just looking at the photographs of it is making me want to eat it all over again.
Here's a quick breakdown of the nitty-gritty bits, the staff were all super lovely, the price is definitely reasonable and service was quick and efficient. My only drawback is the crammed nature of the room, it's quite loud as it's incredible echoey so maybe not a great place for a meeting for work as well as the fact that you can't reserve a table which is always handy especially in Sheffield.
Tamper also offers coffee to go which I'd highly recommend even if it's just to have a peek at the design of the interior, also rumour has it that their lunch menu is just as good as breakfast so be sure to check it out.
All in all, a chilled out coffee spot that just drags you in off the street. All whilst serving up some of the tastiest food I've had in a while.
(photo credit: www.sevenpoints.co.uk)